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    Hi Guys,

    Me @ it again

    question for you all....

    What is the best way to get your dogs into a feeding habit? My Pepper is a lab and loves her food, when she was with our other lab who has now passed away she would eat her food all in one go, I think because she was scared the other lab would eat it. However now with our Staffy X Charlie they graze all day, She will eat most of both bowls as they are left to sit outside all day, which I know isn't the right way to feed them.

    The only way they eat their food all in one go is if I mix wet food all through their biscuits, they then gulp it down, however I am not sure if a bit of wet food everyday is the answer?

    People have mentioned to just be hard, start putting their food out for them before work, give them half an hour if they don't eat it put it away and not allow them to eat again until when I get home from work, if their hungry they will eat it.

    Our lab pepper is a few kgs overweight however she doesn't get many treats, only has dry food and goes on a 40 minute walk twice daily, so I want her feeding habits to be correct before she starts to get problems.

    Our Charlie is absolute perfect weight, and he has the same exercise and feeding habits as her.

    your thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated

    Emma

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    I used to give my previous dog access to dry food all day. But she was the type of dog that always stayed skinny.

    Now I don't feed dry at all, except in Kongs. I feed raw food once a day and it gets eaten straight away. The rest of the day my dog - who gets fat just by looking at food - sometimes gets raw bones and sometimes a Kong or some dry food in her Kong wobbler, but then I feed her a bit less for dinner. And sometimes she gets nothing at all.

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    People have mentioned to just be hard, start putting their food out for them before work, give them half an hour if they don't eat it put it away and not allow them to eat again until when I get home from work, if their hungry they will eat it.
    30 minutes is a bit generous - as is giving it back to them (especially if one dog is overweight) later.

    My rule was 10 minutes - and if it wasn't gone - it became part of the dinner ration. Eg if I put down 1 cup of food and my dog left half a cup, I'd put that away and if the dinner ration was 1 cup - that half cup would be included in the dinner feed not extra ie I'd only put one cup down at dinner time.

    Once my dog was about one year old - she only gets one main meal - at dinner time - ideally at about 6:30pm (or 5:30pm if she has her way). I give her a couple of spoonfuls of yogurt at breakfast time. If I was ever worried about her eating dry - I mix a spoonful of yogurt or some sardines in oil with the dry. Only happens when we're travelling away from home.

    Unless your dog has a dental problem - if they don't eat all their food at once, then they're not hungry enough and you put the food away and it becomes part of the next ration (not extra to the next ration).

    Eating when you're not hungry is one way to get fat.

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    Mine are fed three small measured meals per day and always at the same time...and they know when it's time too. They are not allowed outside at least 30 mins before or after meals. They are fed separately so that each dog eats their own and of cause no fights...I have been doing this for many years.

    By doing this I know they will stay at about the correct weight they should be and I can adjust their food accordingly...but most importantly as an owner of large breed dogs it could prevent Bloat.
    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

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    Hi Everyone

    UPDATE: after 3 weeks of persistence, Pepper and Charlie now have 2 feeding times and eat all their meal I have reduced their meal significantly so they can eat twice a day. I was so proud! for the first week and a half I added a tiny bit of wet food to their meals so they would eat it all up then gradually reduced the amount of wet food until it was all just dry food. the day it was all dry food and they demolished it I was so proud and so happy!
    thanks for all your help

    will be posting another thread shortly with another problem so be sure to check it out

    gosh I love this site, everyone is so knowledgeable and helpful thanks so much

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